A Portlaoise man has been charged with having possession of a knife and drugs.
Before the court was Patrick Kerry (18), Hillview Drive, Portlaoise.
Inspector Maria Conway gave evidence that on August 5 this year, at the Station Road, Portarlington, the accused took a great interest in a passing patrol car, which aroused the suspicion of the gardaí.
The gardaí stopped and searched him, finding a lock knife and a small package of cannabis valued at €40.
Defence, Ms Josephine Fitzpatrick said her client was due before the court in December for a probation report on other matters.
Ms Fitzpatrick also said he had gone into custody in the last few weeks on serious matters.
The case was adjourned to December 7 for a probation report.
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